Today brings us back with another Monday Memories, this one dedicated to the Gameboy Color Pokemon games: Red, Blue, and Yellow. These games were introduced to me by a couple of close friends of mine from a couple of decades ago…
Way back in elementary school, I was friends with a pair of twins.
Hanging out at their house, they had a Nintendo 64 hooked up to a little television in their parents’ bedroom. Thinking back on it now, I wonder if the parents had the console there due to being sure the kids wouldn’t spend too much time playing, but I also don’t remember them having any other television. That could also be due to our days — when not playing video games — being spent playing school, pool days in the summer, walking their dog, but I digress.
It was due to these friends that I was introduced to games such as Mario Golf, Mario Tennis, and Pokemon Snap, along with Pokemon Red and Blue for the Gameboy Color. I was just beginning to get interested in Pokemon, not really understanding the games themselves, but knowing that there was a cartoon and fun little cards that apparently had more of a purpose than just being pretty. I got suckered into the casual fun of taking pictures of Pokemon in Pokemon Snap and started asking for a Gameboy Color from the Easter Bunny with the Pokemon games.
The next time I had a play date with the twins, I just remember excitedly showing up at their house with my own copy of the games and Prima’s Official Strategy Guide for Pokemon Yellow. My friends were impressed, claiming that the Pokemon Yellow version was the “rarer” game (which, years later, doesn’t make sense but, hey, we were in elementary school). We spent much of that day with each of us on our respective Gameboy Colors, with each twin playing either Red or Blue and me playing Yellow.
While I unfortunately haven’t been in touch with these old friends in years — since they moved away before we even reached middle school — I do credit them as part of the reason why I enjoyed the Let’s Go titles when they came out for the Nintendo Switch. The nostalgia alone of seeing and hearing Pikachu by my character’s side throws me back to those times when I was sandwiched between my friends on the floor of their living room as we cheered each other on in battles.
I do wonder occasionally how they are doing. I hope they are doing well and, maybe, if they also have the Let’s Go Pokemon titles that they’re marveling at the evolution (pun intended) of the games as well as share this bittersweet feeling about a dissipating friendship as I do.
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Title: Let’s Go Eevee & Let’s Go Pikachu Developer: Game Freak Publisher: Nintendo
Platform: Nintendo Switch
Release Date: November 16, 2018
How we got the game: We preordered them
If you’ve followed along with this blog for a little while, it’s no surprise that we’re big Pokemon fans. While we don’t play Pokemon GO, we were definitely excited for the Let’s Go duo.
Let’s Go Pikachu & Let’s Go Eevee brings us all the way back to the Kanto region and allows us to explore the areas in a brand new, wonderful light.
The Pokemon Let’s Go titles play similarly to the core games on the handheld consoles while combining some aspects of the mobile GO game. Remastering the Kanto region, the Let’s Go duo allows players to fully explore the region with the original 151 Pokemon with their mega evolutions and Alolan variants from the later generation games.
There are quite a few differences to this updated Kanto region. Other than the awesome 3D, vivid graphics on the Switch, the battle system has changed along with the experience points and how wild Pokemon appear. Wild Pokemon wander around the areas so there’s no mystery to who you might get. I personally love that because it adds a little more “reality” to the world. There are no battling with the wild Pokemon either. You simply catch them by “throwing” your Pokeball with the Joy-Con motion controls and, if you catch them, your Pokemon gain experience points. All Pokemon in your party gain the experience whether they battle or not. There’s no experience share.
Those are a couple of mechanics that are borrowed from the mobile GO game. I like being able to see the wild Pokemon spawn and wander around the world, but I do miss the wild battles. Being able to just capture by throwing pokeballs one after another is a bit repetitive and it’s not as exciting as battling with your team. Another updated mechanic is your Pokemon Box. Instead of using the PC system in Pokemon Centers to switch out Pokemon, you can easily do so with your Pokemon Box which is always with you.
I miss battling the wild Pokemon as well. It makes it too easy and you almost never have to grind. However, you need a load of pokeballs, but you can find a lot of those throughout the world as well. I like how the box is updated. It’s cool that it’s always with you and you can switch out your team on a whim. You can “release” you Pokemon from there as well but instead of sending them back to the wild, they go to Professor Oak. In exchange you get candy to give to your Pokemon to boost their stats.
There are plenty of updates with your Pokemon menu in general. Aside from determining the battle order of your Pokemon, you can also change their nickname and choose to take them out of their pokeball so they can follow you around, allowing you to talk to them. Your most important Pokemon is, of course, the titular Pokemon. Pikachu or Eevee, depending on the game you’re playing, sticks with you outside of their pokeball at all times. You can pet and feed them berries, as well as dress them up and change their “hairstyles.” They’re absolutely adorable!
Playing with Pikachu and Eevee is fantastic! I only wish you could do that with all of your Pokemon like the Pokemon Amie in the last few games. However, it’s great that you can take out another Pokemon of your party in addition to Pikachu or Eevee and either have them follow you around or you can ride them. It adds a lot to the realism of the game. With that said, you can interact with your Pokemon throughout the world as well. If you pass a bush, they might find a berry inside for you. You can talk to them and they’ll interact with the world around them such as the fountain in Cerulean City.
Never before seen in a Pokemon journey game is a local co-op mode. This was something we were really excited, but skeptical, for! When we got a chance to try it out, we were underwhelmed, to say the least. Player one controls the main character, of course, while player two can shake a second Joy-Con to make the opposite gender Pokemon trainer drop from the sky to run around with the first player. The second player cannot have his/her own team nor can you import or export Pokemon and other information between the game’s accounts for the second player. We wished that you could have somehow imported another player’s information for a true co-op experience.
I had a feeling we wouldn’t be able to get my team though. I think that’d be too difficult to program. With that said, there’s very little for the second player to do. As player two, I followed Kris around with one of her Pokemon following me. If player one has a Pokemon out, then the second Pokemon automatically comes out to follow player two. In battle, I was able to shake my Joy-Con to control one of Kris’s Pokemon. This was a cool concept, but then it was 2-v-1 and it was unfair to the trainers we battled making it a lot easier. Catching wild Pokemon was the same. I shook the Joy-Con to join and was able to throw a pokeball in sync with Kris. That’s all there is to it though. The co-op is a cool concept, but honestly, I don’t think we’ll be going back to play in co-op mode. I’ll stick to watching her play and vice versa.
Being able to travel through Kanto, the original region where I started playing the Pokemon games, with updated 3D graphics was glorious. I’ve been greatly enjoying the world we’ve been exploring and seeing the Pokemon, especially since any Pokemon that you catch can follow you around.
The graphics are really well done and it’s certainly awesome to see the game and Pokemon in all their glory on the big screen. Even the characters are really well done – your avatar still has the same goofy face for most of the time, but it’s awesome to see Professor Oak, Jessie, and James in 3D.
The music is familiar and still really well done. The tunes are the same from the original games, just updated to keep up with the times, and it’s very nostalgic to hear the city themes, the Pokemon cries, and the battle music.
The music is certainly nostalgic and they have a remixed beat which is well done. It adds a lot to the game making the music and overall game feel old and new.
Let’s Go uses the same storyline as many of the other Pokemon games. The protagonist goes forth on a journey to become the very best while raising a team of Pokemon. While adventuring, the young hero encounters and goes against the infamous Team Rocket, an organization that uses Pokemon in an attempt to rule the world.
These games stay true to the original Kanto storyline from Red, Blue, and Yellow. The story isn’t too strong, but the majority of it is all about the adventure and exploration.
The Pokemon games always have plenty of replay value. While the storyline and adventure generally remains the same, there’s enough Pokemon to create a plethora of different teams no matter how many times you go through the region.
This will certainly be a game that we’ll go back to over and over again. Between both games and multiple profiles on the Switch, we’ll be able to try out various teams, trade, and play Pokemon until the end of time.
Let’s Go Eevee & Let’s Go Pikachu gets…
4 out of 5 lives.
Have you played this game? What did you think? Let us know in the comments!
A couple weeks ago, Nintendo announced two new Pokemon games for the Nintendo Switch titled Let’s Go! Pikachu and Let’s Go! Eevee.
Both games look fantastic and I can’t wait to play them. From the trailer and what they’ve told us thus far about the games, here’s what I’m looking forward to the most.
3. Co-op Mode
I can’t express how much Kris and I have wanted to play a mainstream Pokemon game together side by side on the same cartridge. While it doesn’t seem like we’ll be able to link up the two games together, it’ll be great to see our characters side by side battling together.
2. Exploring the Kanto region again
When Pokemon Red, Blue, and Yellow came out, I wasn’t old enough to really play the games and understand them. I mean, I could barely read. So, my Pokemon journey started in the Johto region. As I got older, I played Pokemon Blue and Yellow (I still don’t have my own copy of Red… sad day). I enjoyed them. Then FireRed and LeafGreen came out for the Gameboy Advance. It was great to revisit the original region. Now we’ll be able to explore the region in all its 3D, vivid glory. And I can’t wait.
1. Interacting with your Pokemon
It’s great to have a Pokemon out and following you around (or chilling on your shoulder) but it’s another thing to have that Pokemon out as well as a second Pokemon. While I would love the opportunity to play with all my Pokemon rather than just Pikachu or Eevee, but I’ll take what I can get. The graphics are so realistic and it’s awesome to have two Pokemon out by your side at all times and to interact with both of them at different levels.
What’s your favorite part about these games? Let me know in the comments below!
The world was in a tizzy the past couple of days due to a glitched Pokemon that was found in Pokemon Go. A funky-looking Ditto with a nut on its head had players running around to capture it, only for it to transform back into a regular Ditto. Considering we haven’t played Pokemon Go since the first summer the game was introduced, we’ve been on the sidelines watching as all this unfolded.
Yesterday, the new Pokemon was officially revealed. Called Meltan, the Steel type mythical Pokemon will be available for the two Let’s Go! titles with a connection to Pokemon Go. It’s assumed that Meltan is the special Pokemon that was hinted for the Switch duo in the first Let’s Go! trailers as it demonstrated the connection they had with the mobile title.
We think the Pokemon is adorable! Having a “glitched” or “leaked” Pokemon in Pokemon Go for players to discover is definitely an interesting gimmick. We’re definitely going to keep an eye out for news about this Pokemon.
Which now begs the question… Should we give playing Pokemon Go a second chance?
What do you think of Meltan? If you play Pokemon Go, have you caught one?
With some new information recently of Let’s Go, Pikachu and Let’s Go, Eevee, it’s gotten me excited for the games all over again. Especially for the Pokeball Plus.
Honestly, I think the Pokeball Plus is what I’m looking forward to the most for the Let’s Go games. I love the idea of carrying my Pokemon around with me and being able to interact with them in some sort of way while they’re in the Pokeball.
It’s the closest thing I can get to having Pokemon be real, okay?
This brought me right back to the Pokewalker from Pokemon HeartGold and SoulSilver, the Johto remakes for the Nintendo DS.
The Pokewalker was a flat Pokeball that you could clip onto your jeans. You could take one Pokemon for a “walk” at a time. It counted your steps which allowed your Pokemon to gain a level when they got put back into the game. You could also catch wild Pokemon and even find items to transfer over to your game.
That was definitely a feature I loved and missed when the next Pokemon games came out. I used to bring my Pokewalker with me to work. I kept it in my pocket and leveled up my Pokemon. On my break, I’d catch wild Pokemon and find items. It was nice to feel like I could still play video games even when I couldn’t. Plus, I enjoyed seeing how many steps I took during the day.
I’m looking forward to getting my hands on the Pokeball Plus and carrying my Pokemon with me everywhere I go… which isn’t far, but the illusion is there.
Do you remember the Pokewalker? Did you use it a lot? Will you be getting the Pokeball Plus? Let me know in the comments below!
A few days ago, Nintendo released a press conference dedicated to future Pokemon games. Rachel and I were definitely impressed with the news we heard! They dropped news about four new Pokemon games, with plenty of info to whet our appetites. The first game they detailed was Pokemon Quest, which is a free-to-start game on the Nintendo Switch that was available the same day as the conference. We picked it up to give it a look-see and found it to be pretty cute!
I was interested in Pokemon Quest the moment I saw the graphics. I know they’re “Cell Pokemon” but they look like Minecraft blocks and it pleases me so much. They’re all so adorable. We started playing the game the other day and we weren’t disappointed. Its laid-back gameplay and adorable artwork made the game a lot of fun.
The next two games were Let’s Go! Pikachu and Let’s Go! Eevee, throwbacks to the Kanto region and original Yellow version of the games from twenty years ago. I can’t tell you how absolutely amazed I am at the progress of the graphics! Pokemon Yellow was my first Pokemon game and to see Kanto on the Nintendo Switch, picking out and recognizing areas that I’ve known since they were just little itty-bitty pixels, is nostalgia heaven.
I first started my Pokemon journey in the Johto region since I was pretty young when the Kanto region came out. However, I have played the Kanto games as I got older and seeing it updated, bright, and on the big screen is going to be a treat. I absolutely can’t wait for November! Let’s Go! Pikachu and Let’s Go! Eevee are connected to Pokemon Go. We didn’t get into Pokemon Go that much so I’m glad it’s not required to use for the games. I’m impressed they added the catching mechanic from Pokemon Go into the new games though. I think it’s a great way to use the Joy-Con motion controls.
I think I’m most excited about the local two-player co-op mode. Rachel and I can actually travel around together! Of course, I suspect that the supporting second player will “borrow” the first player’s Pokemon to help out with battles and the like, but it would be amazing if the Switch could “import” another account’s save file into the game as the second player. Still, it’ll be fun seeing two characters running around together!
Yeah, I was hoping we’d be able to combine the games. We’ll just have to see how it goes though. I’m sure we’ll have a lot of fun anyway. To be honest, I’m most excited for the Pokeball Plus. My favorite part of HeartGold and SoulSilver was the Pokewalker. I can’t wait to bring my Pokemon around with me again and interact with them. Supposedly, other things may happen, but they’ll announce that later. Maybe at E3 in a few weeks?
Hearing Pikachu purr through that Pokeball Plus was adorable! Also, seeing your character ride an Onix? Flying on a Charizard? I heard HMs still are not a thing, so to see us actually being able to ride presumably whatever Pokemon we want, along with having any Pokemon follow us, is definitely exciting! Here’s hoping we’ll hear more about them at E3, along with the next core Pokemon game that’s slated for late 2019. With all the updated graphics and mechanics that the Let’s Go! titles are showing, I wonder how the next core game will measure up.
I’ll admit, I was worried there would be no core game since last year they announced they were working on a new Pokemon title for the Switch. I’m very excited for the Let’s Go games and now that I know there’s a new core game, I’m even more excited. Imagine exploring a brand new region with new species of Pokemon on the big screen with such graphics! We can’t wait!
What did you think of the Pokemon Press Conference? Let us know in the comments below!